We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Pearce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
For me it was all about the balance of life. Success continues to feel and mean something different as life changes. But I feel my best when I am healthy (working out, yoga, eating right, having some alone time), family and friend time, enjoying nature, living my truth, laughing and of course working in the performing arts. I also am a teacher and that is another scale of success. Not so much in the hierarchy of status but measuring my students success and growth.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up as a military brat and was fascinated with the countries we lived and traveled in and discovering their culture and arts. I attended Elon University for Music Theatre and had to work very hard to become a triple threat. After leaving college I was cast in three tours. Two were national and one European. I think tours are wonderful avenues into our field. You build your resume, network with directors/choreographers/producers, etc., grow as a performer and person, save money and see the country. I loved all of that and was fortunate to be apart of fantastic companies. I then went to NY where I performed in some regional theatres as the lead and accepted my equity card. A few years later I was cast in 3 Broadway shows back to back. I learned so much of course! But what I really found is that I wanted to expand my education in classical and contemporary drama. I applied to a few top graduate programs and was accepted into USD/The Old Globe program. Because it was a full scholarship, top tiered school and education it was a no brainer for me to depart my Broadway career. I have never looked back. My husband and I always new NY was not our home or lifestyle. We wanted a home, a family, a life and to perform. SD has been the perfect place for us to balance our ideal life. Since graduating I have taught non stop. I teach with a team that guides and coaches students through their auditions into undergrad. and grad programs. I have taught for years at USD undergrad and Grossmont College. I teach many masterclasses and classes around SD and online. I hope to one day help or start a performing arts school. This career is one of the most difficult to continue with. I have found by finding other aspects that make me happy and fill my heart and soul is the most important thing for longevity. For me teaching, yoga, family/friends and juggling many jobs has always worked for me. But you have to have the drive of jaguar and believe in yourself like no one else.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego is one of the best towns in the country. I have been to 45 states, and I really believe that. If my best friend was here, I would have my husband take my 7 year old and we would hit the town! We would start at Fiesta Island to walk the dog then go to Parakeet Cafe in Little Italy for breakfast, then walk through La Jolla and shop and rest on the shore, then lunch at Eddie V’s on the water. Next would be a walk through Balboa Park and the Old Globe tour, then have a drink at Route 66 and enjoy some music, for dinner we would walk by the Del and then eat in Coronado.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be where or who I am without my family and teachers. To my parents who always supported me, my aunt who paved the way and mentored me into this field, to my teachers who taught me how to be an individual and unique. So many people helped and continue to help me today. I would not be the human I am without my husband and daughter’s love and support.
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